Search for missing mum and son

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Police are searching for a woman who has gone missing with her one-year-old son.

Michelle Kelly and son Jaden from Basildon were reported missing on Friday, August 16.

Jaden is subject of a care order with parental responsibility having been given to Essex Social Services. Following an unsuccessful appeal Jaden should have been in the care of Essex Social Services on the Friday. When social services and police attended her address in Mellow Purgess Close on Friday mum and son were not there.

Officers are concerned for their welfare and are continuing to search for them. There has been information to suggest they may have gone to Scotland and enquiries are also being focused there.

Michelle is 28 and white, 5ft 4ins tall, of heavy build and shoulder length blonde hair, which may have since been dyed a plum colour, and speaks with a London accent. Jaden is of mixed heritage with curly dark brown hair. It is not known what clothes they were wearing when they went missing.

Supt Nick Morris who is leading the search for Michelle and Jaden said: “I would ask anyone who sees a mother and young child matching these descriptions who they have not seen in their area before to contact us.

“We are concerned for the welfare of both mother and child and need to find them as soon as possible.”

Supt Morris also had a direct appeal for Michelle. He said: “We know you love Jaden and would not see him come to any harm. I know how difficult this must be for you, however we need to make sure you are both ok. Please call police or your mum and let us know where you are.”

Anyone with information about Michelle and Jaden’s whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101.